Outdoor kitchens are perfect for nature lovers. You can enjoy delicious food outdoors, using some of the indoor kitchen tools. Before setting an outdoor kitchen, you need to keep some functional aspects in mind.
Appliances must sizzle
Appliances are the most important part of a kitchen. The grill or cook top take on an important role in outdoor kitchens. You could also set a complete kitchen with a microwave, dishwasher, and mini-refrigerator. There are so many appliances that you can fit on countertops and cabinets.
A prep space
It is most convenient to prepare food in an outdoor kitchen near the grill. You need to have some countertop space for preparing your food. It is pretty good to use countertop made of stone, granite or solid surface materials so that it may not affected by weather conditions such as rain and snow.
In addition, it is advisable to fix appliances underneath of countertops to defend against weather conditions.
To avoid running back and forth to your kitchen, add some space for cooking ingredients, utensils and other items. You can use cabinets such that can store enough goods for your day in the outdoor kitchen. Metal and wood cabinet will work but should be underneath the countertop or against the inner walls attached to home. The cost of outdoor cabinets may vary depending upon the size and materials used.
Must blend with nature
If you are dinning outside with no separation from your yard, you can add a path leading from the outdoor kitchen to the garden where the plants complement your view near the dining area. Do not shield the kitchen too much from the components; it will cut your scenic view, and in a way defeat the purpose of an outdoor kitchen. Use both the areas in such a way that one complements the other.
Keep the area well lit
Perfect lighting is an important aspect if you intend to dine outdoors. Setting lights will illuminate cooking area and create a beautiful environment around the dinning place. There are several types of lighting for homeowners but if new wiring is required, placement will be difficult and it is necessary to consult an electrician.
These guidelines can help you visualize your own outdoor kitchen. Add your imagination to these ideas, and make your way to a beautiful and useful outdoor kitchen.